School accountability grades

State's Virtual Schools Committee Holds First Meeting

Jun 13, 2018

A new state committee focused on virtual charter schools met for the first time Tuesday. It marks the beginning of an investigation into those schools by state officials.

The State Board of Education approved school corporation A-F letter grades Wednesday for the 2016-2017 school year.

Of the state 289 school corporations 48 earned an A on for 2017. That’s more than double the number of districts that earned the top grade last year – 23 corporations.

Of the districts assigned 2017 grades: 149 assigned B; 63 assigned C; Six assigned; One assigned F.

Results from the 2017 ISTEP exam remain nearly unchanged compared to last year after an overhaul of the standardized test caused pass rates to plummet two years ago.

Only about half of Hoosier students in grades three through eight passed both parts of the required math and English assessment. The state Department of Education released results today.

For the Spring 2017 test, 51.5 percent of students passed both parts. That’s a fraction of a percent less from the previous year.

Indiana’s proposed federal education plan has been published online and it is now in the hands of Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Indiana is required to submit a new federal education plan this year as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

READ MORE: Indiana Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The plan includes the state’s academic standards, how students will be tested on those standards and plans to help to failing schools.

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    Fifty-five schools – 2.6 percent of the schools in the state - earned an accountability grade of F last year, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

And many of those failing schools struggle to climb out of the failing category.

But an elementary school in Evansville jumped straight from F to A. 


A-to-F school grades for Indiana schools were released Tuesday, following months of concerns about how lower ISTEP scores would affect them.

Schools could earn a higher grade but not a lower grade than last year -- because of concerns the major drop in scores of the new ISTEP test would unfairly impact a school’s grade.

Nearly 57-percent of all Indiana schools were given an A. Only about 9-percent of schools earned a D or an F.

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Governor Pence signed two education bills into law Thursday aimed at curbing negative consequences for teachers and schools as a result of the 2015 ISTEP test.

House Bill 1003 prohibits low ISTEP grades from being used to calculate teacher evaluations this year– ensuring teachers won’t lose bonuses or be graded in affective because of low scores.

Senate Bill 200 does essentially the same thing for schools, allowing them to take the higher of this year or last year’s A-F grade.  

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Results from the ISTEP+ test administered during the 2014-15 school year have finally been released – but the picture they paint is not pretty for Indiana schools, and policymakers talking about moving to an entirely different test altogether.

Many expected scores to be low, since 2015 marked the first year Indiana tested the new set of academic standards adopted after Indiana left the Common Core -- and that was indeed the case.

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The Department of Education is praising efforts in Indiana’s Senate to address school accountability this session, following a rocky year for the state’s standardized testing system. A bill lawmakers released Monday would hold schools harmless for their A-F accountability grade for the 2014-15 school year.

During the 2014-15 school year, Indiana transitioned to new academic standards and a statewide ISTEP+ test that faced a number of setbacks to administration and grading.  

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In preliminary numbers compiled by the State Board of Education staff, 17 percent of Indiana's K through 12 schools will be considered failing under the state's A through F accountability system. 

In 2014, 4 percent of schools were considered failing. 

Last year the number of schools receiving a D or F on the state’s accountability system was around 10 percent.

Preliminary data this year says that number jumps to 36 percent.